Product photography: tips for using a light tent for irresistible images

Product photography: tips for using a light tent for irresistible images

How to choose the right light tent for your product photography

Follow our tips to getting a light tent that has the features you need for your product photography

How to choose the right light tent for your product photography: white dome

01 White dome
We used the Lastolite ePhotomaker; this is a kit and is sold in two sizes. It has a built-in reflector, so only needs one lamp.

 

How to choose the right light tent for your product photography: get in a cube

02 Get in a cube
A pop-up cube is the most popular type of light tent, with white translucent panels on four sides for a range of lighting options.

SEE MORE: How to use a reflector to control natural light

 

How to choose the right light tent for your product photography: go big

03 Big as you like
Lightboxes come in all sizes, as these Lastolite Cubelites show. Get one that’s at least twice the size of your biggest subject.

 

How to choose the right light tent for your product photography: coloured scoops

04 Coloured scoops
Some tents come with a selection of seamless scoop backgrounds, so you don’t have to shoot everything against white.

 

How to choose the right light tent for your product photography: get a product table

05 Product table
A pro solution for product shots is to use a still life table, made out of an S-shaped scoop of translucent Plexiglas.

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  • M D Sony

    Dear Jeff, thanks for such clear cut post. I have an query to you. I would be very thankful if you suggest be the best camera within $500 USD. Look forward to listening back.

  • digitalcameraworld

    Thanks! Re the camera, that’s tough to say, but if I reckon the Nikon D3300 or the Canon 1200D are your best bets.